Game 56 Preview: Pittsburgh at Los Angeles - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (30-19-6) vs Pittsburgh Penguins (37-14-2)
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. PT
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #8 Dave Jackson, #29 Ian Walsh
Linesmen: #56 Mark Wheler, #76 Michel Cormier
FOX Sports West, KEIB 1150 AM
Kings Weekly to air after tonight’s game

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2013-14 Season: 28 GP (28 GS) / 15-10-2 record / 2.05 GAA / .917 Sv% / 3 SHO
Career vs Pittsburgh: 4 (4) / 1-1-2 / 2.41 / .907 / 0
Last Game vs Pittsburgh: 11/5/11 / 65 MP / 31-33 shots / 3-2 SOL
2013-14, Home: 16 (16) / 10-5-1 / 2.05 / .912 / 2

Pittsburgh Projected Starting Goaltender – Jeff Zatkoff
2013-14 Season: 11 GP (10 GS) / 8-2-1 record / 2.80 GAA / .903 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: First appearance
Last Game vs Los Angeles: First appearance
2013-14, Away: 7 (7) / 5-1-1 / 2.71 / .910 / 1

2013-14 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Anze Kopitar (15-27=42)
Goals: Jeff Carter (20-14=34)
Assists: Mike Richards (7-28=35)
Plus/Minus: Anze Kopitar (+22; 15-27=42)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (63; 3-2=5)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (25:59; 7-20=27)

2013-14 Pittsburgh Leaders
Total Points: Sidney Crosby (27-47=74)
Goals: Sidney Crosby (27-47=74)
Assists: Sidney Crosby (27-47=74)
Plus/Minus: Matt Niskanen (+29; 7-23=30)
Penalty Minutes: Tanner Glass (51; 3-7=10)
Time On Ice: Paul Martin (24:35; 2-10=12)

Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – 26 / 2.31; PIT – 4 / 3.15
Goals Against/Game: LAK – 1 / 2.04; PIT – 9 / 2.42
Power Play: LAK – 28 / 13.8%; PIT – 1 / 24.3%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 6 / 84.4%; PIT – 1 / 87.6%
Shots/Game: LAK – 8 / 31.2; PIT – 13/ 30.6
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 3 / 27.1; PIT – 5 / 27.7
Faceoffs: LAK – 3 / 53.1%; PIT – t-8 / 51.5%
Save Percentage: LAK – 2 / .925; PIT – 15 / .913


Los Angeles Projected Lines

Dwight King – Anze Kopitar – Jeff Carter
Trevor Lewis – Mike Richards – Justin Williams
Kyle Clifford – Jarret Stoll – Dustin Brown
Jordan Nolan – Colin Fraser – Tyler Toffoli

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick
Martin Jones

Level of confidence in projected lines: A. The team took two sets of line rushes, Jonathan Quick left the ice first, and Matt Frattin and Jeff Schultz stayed late to work with Martin Jones.

Notes and milestones: The Kings are 70-57-21 all-time against the Penguins, a record that includes a 45-17-10 mark in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is 4-0-2 against Pittsburgh in Staples Center’s history. This is the first meeting between the teams since November 5, 2011, a 3-2 Penguins shootout victory. These teams will conclude the series on March 27 at the CONSOL Energy Center. … The Kings are 13-5-2 against the Eastern Conference and 5-2-1 against the Metropolitan Division. … Los Angeles is the only team in the NHL that is perfect when leading after two periods, going 16-0-0. In the last 10 games, the only third period lead the Kings have held was in Monday’s 1-0 win at San Jose. The last time the Kings lost a game in which they held a lead after 40 minutes was the 4-3 shootout loss at Minnesota on March 30, 2013 … In the last 243:10, the only King to score has been Anze Kopitar, who has scored twice. The last Los Angeles skater to score a goal other than Kopitar was Robyn Regehr during the third period of the 5-3 loss to Columbus on January 21. … There are currently eight Kings forwards that have gone at least eight games or longer without a goal: Fraser (45), Clifford (21), Nolan (18), Frattin (17), Toffoli (13), Stoll (11), Williams (10) and Brown (8). … After 20 games, the Kings’ power play was sixth in the NHL at 21.0%. In the 35 games since, they have scored on 9.2 percent of their power plays, falling to 28th in the NHL. … By playing in his 578th Kings game tonight, Anze Kopitar will tie Jim Fox for 13th overall on the team’s all-time list. … Robyn Regehr will play in his 999th career game tonight.


Pittsburgh Projected Lines

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Tanner Glass
James Neal – Evgeni Malkin – Jussi Jokinen
Brian Gibbons – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Taylor Pyatt – Craig Adams – Deryk Engelland

Paul Martin – Brooks Orpik
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen – Olli Maatta

Jeff Zatkoff
Marc-Andre Fleury

Notes and milestones: Penguins lines via’s At the Rink blog … Tomas Vokoun (blood clot), Beau Bennett (wrist) Pascal Dupuis (wrist), Chris Conner (hand) and Joe Vitale (wrist) are injured. … Pittsburgh’s 15-point Metropolitan Division lead is the largest margin held by any divisional leader. … The Penguins are 10-3-1 against the Western Conference and 7-0-1 against the Pacific Division. … 38 different players have appeared in a game for Pittsburgh this season. … The Penguins lead the league in both power play and penalty kill. The last team to lead the league in both categories at the end of the season was the 1984-85 New York Islanders. … Sidney Crosby will play only his fourth career game against Los Angeles. The only NHL team he has faced fewer times is the Chicago Blackhawks (two). He has one goal and five points in three total games against the Kings and has not appeared in Los Angeles since November 5, 2009. Crosby leads the NHL in points with 74 points, ten more than second place John Tavares. After missing 113 games over the previous three seasons, he has not missed a game this season. In the 42 games in which Crosby has recorded at least one point, Pittsburgh’s record is 35-5-2. In the 11 games in which he was held scoreless, the Penguins are 2-9-0. … Chris Kunitz, whose 26 goals matches his 2011-12 career-best, has recorded 19 goals in which Crosby earned an assist. … In four career games against Los Angeles, Evgeni Malkin has seven points (5-2=7). … The NHL’s top three points-per-game leaders are Crosby (1.40 pts/game), James Neal (1.22) and Malkin (1.21). … Matt Niskanen leads the NHL with a plus-29 rating. Five of his seven goals (which tie a career high) are game-winning goals. His five game-winning goals lead all NHL defensemen.


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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.